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Paramārtha Guru Stories.  = Stories of Guru with no worldly experience

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Constantine Joseph Beschi (8 November 1680 – 4 February 1747), also known under his Tamil name of Vīramāmunivar (வீரமாமுனிவர்), was an Italian Jesuit priest, missionary in South India, and Tamil language littérateur (a literary person, esp. a writer of literary works)..-Wiky

He mastered the Tamil language and published many books with Christian teachings in Tamil under the name Vīramāmunivar. His narrative poem "Dembavani" is famous. In the 18th century, he translated books such as Tirukkural, Devaram, Thiruppugazh and Athichudi into Latin and other languages. Parmathaguru Kathas, which he wrote in Tamil culture, adapted from the comic stories popular in Europe at that time, were famous for their humorous nature and were translated into many Indian languages. 

Vīramāmunivar wrote the Paramārtha Guru stories in Tamil, steeped in humor. The naïve Guru and his five disciples, Matti, Madaiyan, Pēthai, Mūdan, Milēcchan engage in acts, which Paramārtha guru narrates in a story-form with humor. Their names are everyday pejorative monikers in Tamil Nadu to describe people with varying degrees of stupidity.

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2. Paramartha Guru and his disciples were returning to the monastery after buying and eating parched rice. At that time, a street performance was about to start in the neighboring street. A person dressed as Bhagavan Krishna was on his way to the street theater. Seeing him, the disciples believed the real Krishna was giving them Darshan.
3. "Look, Gurudev! Lord Krishna is coming!” exclaimed Matti (மட்டி = Fool).
4. “Yes, Guru! He even has a flute in his hand!” said Madaiyan (=மடையன் = Idiot).
5. Paramartha Guru also believed him to be God walking towards them! He immediately tore off his fine dhoti!
6. “Disciples, tear your clothes in the same way,” Paramartha Guru instructed.
7. "Tearing new clothes? Why, Guru?” asked Mudoodāl (Idiot).
8. "Man of perverse understanding! Don’t ask me why. Rip quickly! Only then will he believe that we are poor!” Paramartha Guru decreed.
9. The five disciples tore their dhotis into rags as per the Guru's instructions!
10. Immediately, Paramartha rushed and prostrated himself at the feet of the person playing the role of Krishna in a street theater presentation!
11. "O Krishna, you gave Panjali a sari and protected her honor! Similarly, you should give us a sari for each and protect our dignity!” Paramartha prayed.
12. “Master! Why do we need a sari?” asked Mandu (Dolt). The Guru: "Is that so?"
13. "We need Vetti (dhoti), don’t we!” Mudan (Fool) said.
14. “Karmekak Kannan (= dark-cloud-colored god as precious as the eyes = Krishna)!” Here, parched rice! Munch as you like!”
15. Even the one who acted as Krishna did not understand what was going on. “I am not God! It's time for me to go," he said.
16. "O Kanna! Don't think of cheating us," the fool begged.
17. "Kanna! Why do you hesitate to eat the parched rice given by this poor Paramartha, but you ate the aval (parched rice) given by Kuselar that day?” said the Guru. Notes: Krishna and Kuselar were classmates in Gurukulam (Academy). They parted ways. Kuselar lived in utter poverty. He went to see his old friend and classmate and carried parched rice tied at the end of his dhoti as a gift to Krishna, who enjoyed eating it. When Kuselar returned home, he saw a palace in its place, a gift to Kuselar by Bhagavan Krishna.
18. “Gopala Govinda! Please eat some parched rice,” said Madaiyan (idiot).
19. Thinking, "If he didn't eat the parched rice, they won't let him go," the street actor ate some parched rice.
20. “Thank you for giving me the parched rice! I'm leaving," the actor started moving.
21. “What? Eating parched rice and moving away? Give us the boons we need,” Paramartha insisted.
22. "Boons!? What boons?”
23. “Yes! Our Mutt (Monastery) should become gold just as Kuseler's house became gold. Gold coins and diamonds should sparkle everywhere!”
24. "Our rags must become leather," said the fool. "We will not let the man go unless he gives a boon!" said Madaiyan (Idiot).
25. “Okay! May it be as you think!” The street theater actor moved his hand as if he was blessing them.
26. “Āhā! Krishna gave gold in exchange for parched rice! The guru and disciples fell at his feet and worshiped him, saying, "Your mercy is the greatest mercy."
27. "The street actor ran away, thinking that it was a boon to be left alone."
28. “What a relief! Oh God, we have seen Him in person! Krishna Himself was deceived and gave the boon for mere parched rice!” Paramartha exclaimed.
29. “Guruji! When we go to the monastery, the monastery itself must have turned into gold. The entire monastery is full of gold coins! Guruji, you must not walk anymore!” said Matti (Fool).
30. "If you can find a pallak (Palanquin) somewhere, you can buy it," said Madaiyan. On the way, a man was carrying a bag. Seeing that, the fool said, “Master! Here's a picture of Poop-pallak (Flower-decorated palanquin)! You can buy this for a price!” said Madaiyan (Idiot).
31. Matti (Fool) went to the bier builder and asked, "What is the price of this pallak (Palanquin)?" "This is not a pallak," said the man who built the coffin.
32. “We are not fools! It's a palanquin. We will give you the money you need," said Madaiyan.
33. Unable to tolerate the foolhardy persistence of the disciples, he said, “I will make another one; you can have this,” he conceded.
34. Paramartha was ecstatic to sit on the bier. As it began to get dark, the fool marched ahead with a hoisted burning stick as the guiding light. Other disciples carried the bier.
35. After a short distance, the disciples put down the bier, saying, “I am thirsty.”
36. As the five disciples went in search of water, Paramartha woke up. “What? Everyone is absconding?” So, he went in the opposite direction in search of his disciples.
37. Then a dog came by and lay down in the coffin. The returning disciples, without noticing anything amiss, left, carrying the bier as before.
38. On approaching the monastery, they heard a dog bark. The disciples scrambled to locate the dog. After a futile search, they returned to find the dog was in the coffin with a lolling tongue and a happy visage.
39. That's it! The disciples dropped the bier to the ground with a thud and said, “Oh! What is this miracle? Our guru has turned into a dog!” They screamed.
40. "That Lord Krishna has cast some spell!" said Muttal.
41. "Even our monastery has not turned into gold but remains as before!" Mandu (Dolt) lamented.
42. Then Paramartha, who was running in the dark, said, “O foolish disciples! You left me halfway!” He scolded.
43. “Gurunatha! We believed in Lord Krishna! He ate our parched rice and abandoned us!” They cried dolefully and held a long wailing eulogy, as if they lost someone.
44. Paramartha joined his disciples and grieved.